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Grateful Dead Live at McNichols Sports Arena on 1994-11-29

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Grateful Dead Live at McNichols Sports Arena on 1994-11-29


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Jack Straw, Peggy-O, Walkin' Blues, So Many Roads, El Paso*, Tennessee Jed, Easy Answers** Iko Iko, Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band, Baba O'Riley -> Tomorrow Never Knows-> Drums (Billy stayed for all of drums, no Mickey beam solo)-> Jam-> The Last Time-> Stella Blue-> Sugar Magnolia, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue McNichols Sports Arena
Location Denver, CO

Source Audience: Schoeps MK4's
Lineage Schoeps MK4's > DAT > CDR > EAC v0.9 beta 4 > Soundforge 5 > shntool > SHN
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Transferred by Paul B.

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AUD(Schoeps MK4)>DAT>CD; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by neo_levo

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Reviewer: Beuff125 - favoritefavorite - March 1, 2017
Subject: So sad to hear
... I got off the bus after 9-26-91 (cuz of Vince).
Regardless, listening to this just makes me glad I saved my money those last years.
Really painful to hear and so happy I'm old enough to have enjoyed Dead shows in 70's & 80's
Reviewer: geoson - - November 29, 2015
Subject: asterisks
i just love it* when I see songs with asterisks** with no explanation. If you take the time to put them there*** would you please let us know what they're there for?
Reviewer: erik65 - favorite - November 29, 2011
Subject: sorry
not listenable with people screaming so close to the mikes like that.
Reviewer: Jersey Bruce in Denver - - July 12, 2011
Subject: This show made me believe (again)
My two shows prior to this one were 06-06-93(Very Bad) - and 08-03-94(Horrible!) I had all but given up on spending cash to see the Dead play live, and thought that Jerry never really recovered from his "illness." I was still walking in the outside corridor of McNichols to the opening chords of Jack Straw, but recognized right away that it seemed Jerry had some life in him that night. I quickly ran in and found my seat! I remember the standout of the night was So Many Roads, with honorable mention to Jack Straw, Baba O'Riley>Tomorrow Never Knows. I left feeling that I had seen a great show that had renewed my faith in Jerry & the band. I am so happy that I saw this show, as it turned out to be my last.
Reviewer: Maccabee36 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2009
Subject: Out In The Cold
The best second set of a weak Denver run and my silly ass gets thrown out for sneaking on the floor. After Easy Answers I figured I had nothing to lose. Of course listening to everyone talking about "best show of the year" all week didn't help, but at least I got a kick out of the Denver cop who told me "Go back to Massachusetts, we don't like your kind here" as he escorted me from the building.
Reviewer: morningdew1992 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2008
Subject: front row center
ok so the mailorder folks at gdts hooked me up with a front row center ticket for this show...the band was pretty determined on this night...sparks were flying a bit..first set was really tight and driven with jerry reaching amazing highs with the vocalization on so many roads...even listen to jerry's playing during the jack straw...he had something to prove and this was one of those special nights in the post brent era where vinnie's playing and vocalization were strong and on the same page as the rest of the band...why jerry threw down his guitar and stormed off the stage as soon as bobby started up the easy answers is anyone's guess, but he was definately pissed off about the choice of that song at that moment..
...anyway jer came back out for Set II and dropped a bright and powerful iko replete with the idiot boy line...there are a few serious highspots from this show but the one that you can't hear that i got to see was when jer steered the band into the baba...this was the only time i ever got to see jer put up his right arm and wave everyone off-you can hear the 45 seconds of quieter playing after the ujb and before the baba where the boyz are in the dead zone and jer steers it into a rocking teenage wasteland...lots of eye contact with vinnie and bang into the opening keyboard line's of baba...

anyway a super tight night filled with soulful versions of all your favorite jerry ballads...peggy-o, so many roads, stella blue, and it's all over now baby blue(get in yer vw bug and get yer ass back to boulder, kid)...the next two nights in denver were fun and i remember floating around mcnichols during a hot terrapin, but this denver run was all about 11-29-94...a great night to be young and high and in the front row to see the f%$@in' grateful dead.
Reviewer: buscameby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2007
Subject: there was madness in the air
I will tell you that it was a early exposure for several of these songs like Babba and Tomorrow.These were real treats at the time!

The two highlights for me though are the first set So MAny Roads which is beautiful. But the madness peaked its minagerie in the Playin with your Mind.

The recording is much like the show decent for the time.
Reviewer: dmilks - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2006
Subject: 11/29/94
At the time, these shows just did nothing for me. The 92 shows here were pretty anti-climactic musically too, even though they were the "highly anticipated" first shows after Jerry's sickness in 92. The 1990 run here however was excellent. You win some, you lose some. Such is life.

Best show of 1994? Sorry Uffel, but I highly disagree. I think most folks that attended a lot of 94 shows, and who have listened to their fair share of 94 would also agree. I am not saying you are wrong, but if you want what I think is great 94, try: 3-16-94, 3-21-94, 3-27-94, 3-25-94, 10-5-94, 10-15-94, 6-13-94, 7-3-94, just to name a handful.
Reviewer: Hilder,rebuilder - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2006
Subject: The "SMR" project
SEE 1992,2,21 'getting them all!-----Smack dab in the middle of the states, all roads lead to Denver, wish I was there, had to raise my kid ,THANK YOU ARCHIVE.ORG
Reviewer: Hokker - favorite - August 16, 2005
Subject: Had to wash out my ears
Simply put. These were my last shows for a reason. The peggy-o was weak from the start and the rest of the show wasn't much better. I almost skipped the other two McNichols shows but my wife made me go so I could protect her from the a-holes in the crowd(she was 8 months pregnant) The only saving grace of this show was the D/S which was good all 3 nights. Please don't listen to this objectively becase it will make sick.
Reviewer: Gr8fulDriver - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2005
Subject: My #1 best show.
Let me set this up for you a little...

I dropped one at my friends apt, and we went to the show.
I dropped the other in the lot.

This was the first show since '92 that me & my friends were all together and we were having a hugely good time.

The first set was nice, I remember it being especially clear... but that's all I really remember.

Then "It" happened.

I went into the bathroom (suprisingly no line) and changed into this crazy clown-thing costume. (Picture long flowing multi-colored full-length smock) and a red clown wig... complete with flashing red nose.

My friends said I was a walking trail. :~)

The second set opened up with a vengence and kept getting better. Seems like every other note I thought a Stephen was on the way. (side note here... they sound checked it at the very next venue.

Highlight... A void (black hole?) open up over the stage at the start of Baba>Tomorrow and stayed into Drumz. Huge show.

I think the best way to say it is that it was one of those "Life & Death" kind of shows... ala 10-31-91 though not quite as good as that one.

Bang for the buck here.
Reviewer: Uffel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2005
Subject: Cool show!
A very nice AUD, with one of the best shows of 1994, the second set, especially pre-drums, is as good as it gets. Playing In The Band is wild and not for the faint of heart, then sweetly dissolves into Uncle John's Band, what follows is probably Vince Welnick's finest moment, the crowd reacts cheefully during Baba O'riley, and you can tell the band is having some fun, just wonderful how TNK morphes into drums. Say what you want about Vince, but his Baba>TNK was always a highlight.
Reviewer: Mr.Charlie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2004
Subject: 3 Cold Nights
Jerry had problems all three nights of this run but Bobby really stepped up and jammed. Jerry left the stage for all of Easy Answers. The highlight for me was the Playing in the Band and obviously the Baba>TNK. I would love to hear a SBD of this show to see if Jerry is in the mix a little better because what I could hear was hot.
I refuse to listen to the middle show because it was the worst I had ever seen or heard. Jerry was light hearted by the third night of problems and just had fun with it. Jerry laughing at his own mistake on Brokedown Palace was great and its also the last time I ever saw him....
Fare you well....thank you for all the years
We really do miss you.
Reviewer: DeadheadDan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2004
Subject: Tomorrow Never Knows
Although I wasn't at this show, I'm a huge fan of how they finally properly utilized Tomorrow Never Knows. Hearing it rage into Drums with that aggressive dual rhythm of Mickey and Billy makes you wonder why this was the only time it was (properly) displaced from the encore slot.
The Aiko>Playin>UJB>Baba>TNK>Drums is very nice, but imagine if TNK was regularly used in this type of fashion rather than only on this night. With that said, there's a million 'what if' scenarios we all can dream of when evaluating the band beyond description.

Suffice to say, this show was and is probably underrated, not only due to the pre-drums UJB>Baba>TNK, but the Aiko is vocally spirited and the Playin is crisp. First set openings of Jack Straw>Peggy-O remind me of suns setting to stage right at Deer Creek (ok, Stranger>Peggy-O at Deer Creek is probably more accurate), and a So Many Roads, well-played Stella, and rare mid-90s Baby Blue thrown in for good measure. Don't shy away, add this one to the collection...McNichols shows are always solid.
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